- Associated Press - Friday, July 1, 2016

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Lincoln Public Schools could lose federal funding for its preschool programs, if it doesn’t make a big change soon.

Lincoln television station KOLN reports (http://bit.ly/29ibwEI ) that federal officials have told the district it will need to expand its half-day preschool programs in elementary schools to full-day programs, if it wants to keep its federal funding.

District officials say the schools currently can teach 1,200 students using the half-day system. That number would be cut in half if the schools move to full-day preschool.

The funding change is set to begin in the 2017-18 school year.

Lincoln Public Schools officials say they hope to have a decision on which way to go by August.

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Information from: KOLN-TV, http://www.kolnkgin.com

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